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What’s a Mudroom and How Do I 'Make' One?

The “mudroom” has been cropping up more and more in interior design and decorating conversations, although the concept has been around forever – in fact, you probably have one, even if that’s not what you call it. A mudroom is the space just inside an entryway. It comes in many forms, but its most defining characteristic is that it is easy to clean, with tile or concrete flooring, and maybe even an open drain in the floor so you can hose it down. A "true" mudroom is often an actual room the separates the rest of the house from the outdoor elements – like an airlock on a space station – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Moreover, it doesn’t require a contractor to “make” a mudroom. Here are some things that can turn any entryway space into the start of a great mudroom: <strong>1. Hall Tree</strong> A hall tree is a great all-in-one answer to how you can increase utility in any mudroom. Any piece of furniture that combines storage, seating and a coat rack is about as good as it gets in the world of <a title="Entryway Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/entryway-furniture_985.html" target="_blank">entryway furniture</a>, but if you don’t have enough room for a hall tree … <strong>2. Seating</strong> If the hall tree is a no-go, the next-best thing is seating. An entryway <a title="Entryway Benches" href="http://www.atgstores.com/entryway-benches_1100.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">bench</a> makes it easier for people to pop their shoes off, and that’s where you’re getting the most bang for your mudroom buck. <a title="Storage Benches" href="http://www.atgstores.com/storage-entryway-benches_1100_oa0371379.html" target="_blank">Get a bench with storage</a> and you can kill two rabbits with one shot, as they say in Romania. <strong>3. Table / Storage</strong> Whether exiting or entering, the mudroom is a staging area and some kind of storage is a good idea. An <a title="Entry Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/entry-tables_1102.html" target="_blank">entry table</a> or <a title="Pedestals" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pedestals_1103.html" target="_blank">pedestal</a> can provide a place to throw your keys, mail and groceries to keep the mess confined to the entryway before it gets a chance to spread throughout the house. <strong>4. Coat Rack / Hooks</strong> There’s always room for a <a title="Coat Racks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/coat-racks_1099.html" target="_blank">coat rack</a> and, if not, a hook. Keeping your clothes up off the floor will help keep them clean and, lo and behold, your mudroom just became a little more efficient. The point is, a lot of hay has been made over mudrooms in the last few years, so much so that it gives the impression that you need a full-blown home remodel to get one when that couldn’t be further from the truth. The answer to “What’s a mudroom?” is simple – it’s whatever you want to make it in your entryway. <a title="ATG Stores Home Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes all your mudroom dreams come true.
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